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The Rev. Paul Schmeling

River Falls pastor tumbles from ladder and dies

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The Rev. Paul Schmeling, who headed the Faith Lutheran Church congregation in River Falls for 18 years, died Memorial Day after falling from a ladder while trimming a tree.

An investigator revealed that Schmeling fell about eight feet while trimming a branch from a tree in the church parsonage yard.

He was taken by ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Funeral services are to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran.

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